Press Releases

Lt. Governor Forest on North Carolina Losing the RNC

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

"Losing the Republican National Convention is a devastating economic blow to the Charlotte region and North Carolina as a whole. Restaurants, hotels and service workers across multiple industries were counting on this business, especially after the major hit they've taken from Gov. Cooper's COVID-19 restrictions. Gov. Cooper has delivered a clear message that North Carolina is not open for business, and the repercussions to jobs and livelihoods will be long-lasting.

Lt. Governor Forest's Statement on Riots in North Carolina

Sunday, May 31, 2020

"Committing injustice to protest injustice serves no purpose, can bring no peace, start no meaningful dialogue, and drives a wedge between a society that so desperately needs to unite. Our state does not support police brutality or support rioting, looting and burning of property of those who had nothing to do with that brutality. Swift justice is needed in the George Floyd case. Immediate enforcement is needed to stop the destruction we are seeing here at home. Both are wrong."

Lt. Governor Forest's Statement on Passage of HB536 (outdoor seating at bars)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

"I commend the bipartisan majorities in the General Assembly for passing a bill that would allow bars to serve customers in outdoor dining areas just like restaurants can. Unless the Cooper administration can provide specific science and data that proves sitting outside a bar is more dangerous than sitting outside a restaurant, this should become law - letting more North Carolinians get back to work."

Gov. Cooper's Democrat-Controlled Board Seeks to Undermine Integrity of Upcoming Election

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

"Tomorrow, the Democrat-controlled State Board of Elections will ask the Rules Review Commission for unprecedented power to alter election rules to their benefit. If approved, these measures would let the Board of Elections accept ballots days after the election, delay vote counting, suspend due process and ignore legitimate challenges. None of these provisions protect public health. The State Board of Elections, appointed by Gov. Cooper, is simply trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine the integrity of our elections.

How do we get North Carolina back to work? 

Monday, April 13, 2020

While elected officials and healthcare leaders across the country discuss a rolling reopening of our economy, North Carolina needs to start the same discussion, but we lack key information. NCDHHS needs to immediately publicize relevant data so that the state can begin planning recovery efforts.

Here are some of the specific questions that need to be answered:

Lt. Governor Forest Statement on the NCSBE Decision Impacting 461,000 N.C. Students

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

In response to the State Board of Education's decision to pause its contract with Istation, Lt. Governor Dan Forest releases the following statement:

"The decision made by the State Board of Education last week was not in the best interest of our students. At a time when we should be doing everything we can to provide stability and continuity in the distance learning plans for students in our state, this action does not.

Lt. Governor Forest Questions Validity of Restaurant Ban

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Earlier today Governor Cooper announced, via a press release, that all North Carolina restaurants and bars must close in-restaurant seating by 5pm this evening. His mandate will devastate our economy, shutter many small businesses, and leave many people unemployed, especially in the rural areas of our state where food supply is already critical.

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